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Thank you for a record-setting #GivingTuesday

Posted on January 26, 2022

Giving Tuesday and VCC logos

The 2021 #GivingTuesday campaign at Vancouver Community College (VCC) was a big success, raising a record-breaking $47,623.34 between Nov. 30 and Dec. 31, 2021. With matching funds from the VCC Foundation, $95,246.69 has been added towards awards and bursaries for deserving VCC Students.

Whether you made a payroll deduction, sent a cheque, or inspired your students and faculty to make online gifts (thanks CAD and BIM team!), you have helped to make a difference in the life of a future VCC student. Special thanks to VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel for his leadership challenge, modelling the importance of stepping up to meet the need.

Here is a list of newly established awards by the VCC community and friends:

  • Bruna Giacomazzi Changemaker Award 
    Past Outstanding Alumni Award recipient and donor
  • Chan Kent Foundation Award
    Robert Chan Kent is a former Fashion Arts’ PAC member
  • Elder Lilly Whonnock Helping Hands Award
    Commemorating the lovely and missed Elder Lilly
  • Grant Kovacs Norell Award of Excellence
    Alumni employer
  • Indigenous Food Pantry
    Addressing food insecurity among Indigenous learners and providing a holiday hamper to those in need
  • Li Family: May Mei-Chu Tsoi Resilience Award
    Eric Li,  alumnus, past award recipient, and VCC employee established this award honouring his mother
  • Maija Wiik Authenticity Award
    Retired VCC counsellor who has established an award for VCC students to commence in 2022
  • MiLei Family Foundation ESL Award
    Sophie Lei, alumna from EAL, CAD and BIM returned to give back
  • Native Northwest Reconciliation Award
    The original company to work with Indigenous artists on the Orange Shirt campaign established a new award and a new bursary for Indigenous students
  • Pyrrha Award for Indigenous Students
    Pyrrha’s second award for a Jewellery Arts student, this one recognizes a promising Indigenous first-year jeweller
  • Susan Perkuhn Textile and Design Award
    Alumna Susan passed away in 2020. Family and friends fundraised to recognize fashion students who share Susan’s love of textiles
  • University Women’s Club of Vancouver “Barbara Middleton” Achievement Award
    New in 2021, this is the fourth award funded at VCC by this generous group of women helping women achieve their career and education goals
  • Wolfgang Strigel Award
    Former IT businessperson who wishes to recognize a hardworking and entrepreneurial VCC student
  • Zoro and Kelly Ann Mihajlovic Creative Award
    In remembrance of beloved VCC legend Zoro Mihajlovic

Thank you and happy New Year to each and every one of you! Make 2022 the year you set up a payroll deduction, start an award for students in your program area, create a legacy plan for your own named award, or learn more about our many ways to give.


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